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Jamaican students top 15 CAPE units

Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 | 2:04 pm Comments 0

Jamaican students have placed first in 15 units in the 2013 sitting of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).

The country also placed in the top-ten ranking of all, except four, of the 46 units candidates sat.

Most CAPE subjects are comprised of two units.

Jamaican students swept the top-ten positions in Food and Nutrition unit one and two followed by capturing nine places in the Computer Science top-ten results.

In addition, Jamaica took seven of the top-ten places in Electrical and Electronic Technology units one and two as well as six of the top-ten positions in History unit one.

Jamaica achieved eight first places in units one and seven first places in units two.

At a ceremony held recently in Guyana, the Caribbean Examination Council awarded Dea Thomas of Ardenne High School as the Most Outstanding Candidate in the Caribbean Overall in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

The Most Outstanding Candidate in Humanities in the region was awarded to Tasanique Henry of Hampton High School for achieving Grade 1 in eight CAPE units.

Senior adviser to the Minister of Education Radley Reid, has pointed to the average pass rate of 88 per cent in units one and 90 per cent in units two recorded by Jamaican CAPE candidates from public schools.

He further disclosed that in unit one the highest average pass rate of 96 per cent is in Geography, while the lowest average pass rate of 75 per cent applies to History as well as Electrical and Electronic Technology.

For unit two the highest average pass rate is 96 per cent in Biology, while the lowest is 70 per cent in Electrical and Electronic Technology.

Reid said although the average pass rates point to good overall performance by our students, with a little more effort and focus our candidates can improve the quality of their grade.

He said with that, Jamaica will gain more top-ten positions in CAPE.

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